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Inaugural MIND Institute Cohort Complete Training

Filed in Health Program News by on May 23, 2018


In early May, the first MIND I Institute» cohort successfully completed the one-month training program designed to increase awareness of behavioral health within refugee and ethnic newcomer populations. MIND | Institute participants engaged in small-group lectures and discussions led by seasoned subject-matter experts in cultural proficiency, behavioral health, law enforcement, public health, and other areas of interest to refugee and ethnic populations. 

Trainee Representation

  • 3 statuses: refugee, student visa holder, US citizen
  • 8 nationalities: Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Mexico, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda, USA
  • 15 languages
  • 18% male, 82% female

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Ethiopian Mother Receives Employment Offer after Completing CNA Training

Filed in Employment Facilitation News by on May 14, 2018

Winta hails from Ethiopia. At the age of 26, she was forced to abandon her education in her home country and flee for safety. She sought asylum in San Diego in 2006, and after arrival, Winta struggled and lived with a variety of roommates until she was able to obtain a work permit.

One day, while visiting a neighboring business at the Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) office complex, Winta walked in to learn more about vocational training programs. Months later, she enrolled in the certified nursing assistant ( CNA ) program in order to gain new skills required of an entry-level healthcare career.

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